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Today, at #RNL we’re sharing some of our best beauty secrets on how to maintain gorgeous, glowing skin all year long…
Secrets for GLOWING Skin
Beautiful Skin starts from the inside!
Hydrate from the inside out
We’ve been over hydration many times here at RNL, but did you know that hydration has everything to do with how your gorgeous skin looks? The magic number of fluid you need in ounces is one liter per 50 pounds of body weight (135lbs=3 liters). Always round up because you lose fluids with your workouts temps, stress, etc.
Bone broth, coconut water, cold pressed juices, herbal (decaffeinated) teas, fruits and veggies all help!
Note: you need to drink double the amount of liquid to re-hydrate after a caffeinated beverage (1 cup coffee=2 cups water to re-hydrate).
This wonder nutrient found in salmon, walnuts, chia, to name a few, is a must for smooth, glowing skin. These fatty acids contribute to healthy cell membranes, protecting against wrinkles and sun damage. They also help reduce inflammation, which can cause premature aging. What’s more, our bodies can’t make this essential fatty acid, so getting it from food is ultra important.
And if acne is on your list of concerns, make the omega-3 fiber combo your new BFF. Try 1-2 T of chia seeds each day in your morning smoothie, oatmeal, baked into muffins or as egg re-placers to meet your quota. For travel and times when eating your skin food just isn’t happening, we recommend this supplement (1 at each meal.)
As a bonus, healthy fats help you stay satisfied, keeping you full longer! Bye-bye snack attack.
Identify Foods that Trigger Skin Problems
Gluten and sugar in particular seem to affect the skin. (This is a BIG topic, but let’s keep it readers digest for this post 😉
Gluten may make your gut more permeable, which allows protein into the bloodstream that would otherwise have been excluded, kicking up the immune system and promoting inflammation, which can lead to acne and other skin conditions, like rosacea, excema, and rashes.
When you eat gluten and sugar, it causes a surge of insulin and insulin-like growth factor called IGF-1 in your body.
This surge can lead to an excess of male hormones, which cause your pores to secrete sebum, a greasy substance that attracts acne-promoting bacteria Elevated IGF-1 also causes skin cells known as keratinocytes to multiply, a process that is also associated with acne.
This important nutrient (hormone) is crucial for maintaining a healthy immune response, and most people are deficient in it. Without adequate vitamin D, your body cannot fight infection, in your skin or elsewhere. Exposing large areas of your skin to appropriate amounts of sunshine is the best way to optimize your vitamin D levels. When you can’t process vitamin D outside due to geography or other factors we recommend this supplement.
What you put on your skin matters too….
Wash off the day
We know the days get long, but washing that beautiful face before you slumber is vital for that #nofilter needed complexion! While you sleep your cells go into repair mode and having a clean slate will help them do their job.
At the very least, use a makeup cleansing towelette (we like this one) before heading to bed!
Find the right skin food…
And what we mean by this is feed your skin moisturizer, that is! Personally, I love all natural coconut oil right out of the shower!
Also super important: Show your neck, upper chest and the back of your hands some love too. Your future, age-defying self will thank you!
It’s easy to remember SPF on sunny days, but UV rays are just as present on gloomy days. Apply SPF to your hands, face, neck and chest. Unless you’re spending a prolonged amount of time in the sun (or burn really easily). We like this one for daily use.
If you’re dealing with melasma (hyper-pigmentation) like I am, I wear this tinted sunscreen. It’s moisturizing and loaded with Vitamin C and sodium hyaluronate to fight discoloration.It also has a dewy finish to make me feel pretty 🙂
We also absolutely love Luminance Skincare. All natural, raw, vegan. No synthetics or toxins.
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Melissa Schollaert is a Holistic Health & Nutrition Counselor and founder of Real Nutritious Living. Helping others achieve their health goals to attain their healthiest, happiest life is her greatest ambition.PAID ENDORSEMENT DISCLOSURE: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive montetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. However, I only recommend products or services I have personally used myself and trust. MEDICAL DISCLAIMER: This content is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease, or as a substitute for medical advice. Please consult with your advising physician before starting any treatment for a medical condition. Real Nutritious Living, LLC shall not be held liable or responsible for any misunderstanding or misuse of the information contained on this site or for any loss, damage, or injury caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by any treatment, action, or application of any food or food source discussed in this site.